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Inside Sport February 2019

Celebrating over 20 years in print, Inside Sport is Australia's most highly awarded sporting publication, including the recipient of the prestigious Walkley Award for sport journalism. But that's not why sports fans love it. Inside Sport consistently tackles modern sporting issues and publishes awe-inspiring sports photography, every month. THAT'S why sports fans love it.

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editor’s letter

One of the best assignments among the many I’ve been able to chase for this magazine was the first day-night Test back in late 2015. For a kid who grew up in Adelaide – and had yet to see the redeveloped Adelaide Oval – the whole experience was alternately impressive and poignant. It was the game and the town advancing into the future, yet tinged with the knowledge that the past had to be left behind. Cricket can get to you like that. It’s one of those sports that has an unchanging quality, where the game is recognisable across eras. This quality connects fans to earlier times, inspires nostalgia, sells a lot of memorabilia. I’ve been thinking about those memories of Adelaide Oval ahead of another innovation of the cricket summer, and…

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20 things you might’ve missed

1 KFC seized the news cycle for a moment last month when it announced it would sell a fire log that smells like fried chicken, presumably for the winter crowd in North America. Honestly, they should bring some of that down here and put it in the fire cannons at the Big Bash League. 2 The first women’s Ballon D’Or – the customary highest individual honour in world football – is awarded. Here’s to progress! The first women’s Ballon D’Or winner, Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, is asked on stage by a French DJ if she can twerk. So, some work still to be done ... 3 A new Sydney race will take on Victoria Derby Day. The Golden Eagle is a 1500m race for four-year-olds with a purse of $7.5m, because as The…

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freeze frame

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still setting the standard

Super Rugby is still the best provincial rugby competition in the world. Yes, I know there are some in the Northern Hemisphere who beg to differ nowadays, but I still firmly believe that the best is Down Under. The format has been tinkered with over the years, but whether it’s a round robin or conference system, the cream still rises to the top at the end of every season. So who will be lifting the trophy at the end of the 24th tournament? Can anyone stop the juggernaut in Christchurch, the Crusaders, from claiming a three-peat? Will the Melbourne Rebels finally break their play-off hoodoo? Can a South African franchise break a nine-year drought for the republic? I look forward to it all unfolding over the coming months. This Super Rugby season will be…

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rivalry revs up the engines

You couldn’t have penned a better script for the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Season, with one of the closest championship races in recent memory. And as the new season dawns there’s every expectation the 2019 season will be even better. Last year we saw a changing of the guard in the championship, with Craig Lowndes hanging up his helmet and Scott McLaughlin and Shane Van Gisbergen igniting a rivalry that will last for years to come. Speaking of rivalries, one of the greatest rivalries in Australian sport has always been between factory Holden and factory Ford and that rivalry will only intensify this year with the arrival of the Ford Mustang. The Mustang has always been a successful plate and a favourite amongst Australian motorsport fans. Pete Geoghegan’s three Australian Touring Car Championship wins…

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crucial moment for ultimate victory

In horse-racing terms, the A-League is about to round the bend and head down the finishing straight. As is the case every year, there is still plenty to play for – the Premiership, Asian Champions League spots, a home final, or just being in the end-of-season play-offs in their own right. Reigning champions Melbourne Victory face a crucial month of February, and one that may determine whether they win the Premiership and give themselves the best possible chance of adding what would be a record fifth title. After the top-of-the-table clash with Perth Glory on February 10, Victory journeys across the Tasman to Wellington in round 19 – a trip that brings mixed fortunes for Kevin Muscat’s team. In their last eight visits, Victory have won four, lost four. A week later, it’s…